Creation and Purpose
The 9-1-1 Board manages, controls, and administers the 9-1-1 district for Taylor County.
Citizens with a sincere desire to become involved in the Abilene community have the opportunity to serve on one of the boards of the City of Abilene. Each board member receives training and orientation to better prepare for a role as a council advisor.
Twice a year, staff and/or board chairpersons provide the Mayor and Council a list of Boards whose members have terms expiring, a list of prospective board members, a chart of racial and gender makeup for each board, a brief summary of board functions and staff recommendations for reappointments and/or new appointments. After careful review of board information the Mayor, with Council approval, appoints and reappoints members to the boards.
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Agendas & Minutes - Council & Boards
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Created by City Council Resolution August 12, 1971 under the Housing Authority Law (Article 1269K VTCS), and declared a need for a housing authority since unsanitary or unsafe inhabited dwelling accommodations exist; and there is a shortage of safe or sanitary dwelling accommodations available to persons of low income at rentals they can afford.
(Article 1269K, Sections 5 and 7)
The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Public Health and City Council in the implementation and enforcement of health laws, rules and regulations of the City, Taylor County, and the State.
City of Abilene
Established by City Council Resolution #45-2003. The City, County, and School have a shared, vested interest in building, developing and operating attractions and venues that spur and continue growth of the educational and tourism industry for the area. On February 7, 2004 an election was held on the PROPOSITION that stated:
AUTHORIZING THE ABILENE-TAYLOR COUNTY EVENTS DISTRICT TO PROVIDE FOR THE FINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, AND/OR OPERATION OF THE VENUE PROJECT, TO-WIT: CITY OF ABILENE FRONTIER TEXAS!, A MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION AND WESTERN HERITAGE; THE EXPO CENTER OF TAYLOR COUNTY, AND PAVING AT AISD SHOTWELL STADIUM TOGETHER WITH RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER RELATED IMPROVEMENTS, AND TO IMPOSE A HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX AT A MAXIMUM RATE OF TWO PERCENT (2%) OF THE PRICE PAID FOR A ROOM IN A HOTEL IN THE CITY OF ABILENE, TEXAS AND TAYLOR COUNTY TEXAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING THE VENUE PROJECT, AS PROVIDED BY CHAPTER 355, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, AS AMENDED.The Proposition passed with 2,318 votes cast for and 1,310 against
Director of Finance
Created by City Council Resolution #60-1988. The purpose of the Airport Development Board is to provide assistance, information and support to the Council to ensure efficient and effective operation, development, and promotion of the Abilene Regional Airport while maximizing its growth potential.Bylaws amended by Resolutions #29-1989 passed 7/13/89, #4-1992 passed 1/23/92, Oral Resolution passed 9/22/94, Oral Resolution passed 9/28/00, and Oral Resolution passed 6/23/05.
Director of Transportation Services
Created in accordance with Article 677, effective on September 1, 1982, relating to standards for certain animal shelters and the care of animals to assist the City in an advisory capacity, in complying with the regulations of the Article. The initial committee was appointed on August 12, 1982.
Resolution No. 31-2006 adopted by Council on September 14, 2006 changed the board’s name from the Animal Control Advisory Committee to the Animal Services Advisory Board.
Animal Services Director
Created through the City's first Zoning Ordinance #205 adopted April 12, 1946 in accordance with Article 1011g VATCS; and is granted all authority and powers provided by such Article, and Section 86 of the Charter.
(Charter, Section 86 & Ordinance #205)
Zoning Ordinance #28-1984 adopted on March 8, 1984, provides the following:
(Sections 23-356.2(a) & 23-356.2(c))
Board of Adjustment meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month
Originally established by City Council Ordinance #502 adopted October 22, 1970, in accordance with Volume 1 of the Uniform Building Code of 1967 (adopted by Ordinance #407). The initial Board was appointed December 3, 1970 and established to replace the Board of Housing Appeals, which determined the suitability of materials and methods of construction for the City.
The Board hears appeals from any person aggrieved by any decision of the building official concerning the building and/or minimum housing code; and all cases wherein the building official has determined that repair or rehabilitation of a building, residential or nonresidential, is impractical and such substandard building should be demolished.
(Ordinance #502 and Section 8-372 Abilene Municipal Code)
(Sections 8-362 thru 8-367 Abilene Municipal Code)
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall.
Civic Center Advisory Board created September 12, 1970 to make recommendations to the City and Civic Center Manager as to operating policies, rental rates, concessions, planning and entertainment and social activities in the Civic Center.
Civic Abilene, Inc., was authorized by City Council Resolution dated June 11, 1970, and incorporated on October 19, 1970, under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act (Article 1369-.01) to foster, promote, and present in City educational and cultural programs, attractions and entertainment of the Citizens of Abilene and surrounding area. The Articles of Incorporation (Article IX) establish that members of the Civic Center Advisory Board shall constitute the Directors of Civic Abilene, Inc., and were formally appointed on April 9, 1970. On April 13, 1978 the Advisory Board was abolished (Volume 20, Page 276 Minutes Record).
Civic Abilene has the authority to sponsor or contract for programs, etc., lease the building's premises; lease and/or operate concession; and contract with individuals or organizations for sponsorship and promotion of specific programs or attractions.
(Articles of Incorporation)
(Section 4.02 thru 4.05 Bylaws)
Convention Center Superintendent
The Civil Service Commission is facilitated by the Director of Administrative Services. This Commission is comprised of three members. Commissioners hold office for a period of three years with Council approval. Commissioners may take official action in matters concerning Texas Local Government Code, Section 143, which pertains to Fire and Police matters, by a majority vote of its members at a properly posted meeting of the Commission of which a quorum of its members are present.
Individuals are recommended for this position by the Police Chief, Fire Chief, or other pertinent department heads, and are approved for appointment by the City Council.
Human Resources Director
City of Abilene
555 Walnut Street, Suite 207
Abilene, Texas 79601
PO Box 60
Abilene, Texas 79604
(325) 676-6460 (Fax)
Keep Abilene Beautiful Coordinator
Keep Abilene Beautiful, formerly known as Abilene Clean & Proud, was established in 1986. KAB is a 501(c)(3) organization with 9 board of directors, appointed by City Council. The Keep Abilene Beautiful Coordinator is employed by the City of Abilene.
Keep Abilene Beautiful meets the first Wednesday of every month. The meetings begin at 12 noon and last for one hour. The meetings are open and everyone is invited to attend.
The Landmarks Commission was created in 1983 with the purpose of administering the provisions of the City Code relating to the protection and preservation of structures and lands deemed by the Abilene community to be of unique historical, architectural, and cultural value.
The City Council has entrusted the Landmarks Commission with the following powers and duties to carry out its purpose:
The Landmarks Commission is comprised of seven voting members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council. The Commission includes two residents, managers, or owners of historic properties; a member of the Abilene Preservation League; a member of the Taylor County Historical Commission; a licensed architect; a representative of the Abilene Board of Realtors; and a representative of the construction industry. The Commission also includes two alternate members.
Hayden D. Brodowsky
Planner I/Historic Preservation Officer
Develops a general plan for physical development of the City, recommends approval or disapproval of proposed zoning district changes to City Council. Comprised of citizens of Abilene who own real property in City and do not hold elective office of the State or any other political subdivision.
Planning & Zoning meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month unless it is a holiday.
Mr. Zack Rainbow, Planning Services Manager
Planning & Development Services
Created on December 5, 2013, by the City Council of Abilene, this plan includes approximately 1,594 acres including north and south downtown areas, as well as areas in proximity to Pine Street and Ambler Avenue corridors, all within the City’s corporate limits.
The purpose of the zone is to facilitate such development or redevelopment by financing the costs of public works, public improvements, programs, and other projects benefiting the zone, plus other costs incidental to those expenditures, all of which costs are authorized by the Act.
Planning & Development Services
Post Office Box 60
Abilene, Texas 79604-0060
For more information, call Planning & Development Services - (325) 676-6237
Mr. Taurus L. Freeman, MPA
Director of Planning & Development Services
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